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Michael Taylor 22nd Nov 2010 - 12:39

Chelsea have the tools to make Zilina look like fools

It seems anything that could go wrong has gone wrong at Stamford Bridge over the past few weeks - it's still not enough to think Slovak minnows Zilina can further hurt the harmony this Champions Week league though.

Next Premier League manager to depart betting was suspended on Sunday amidst rumours of unrest in the Chelsea boardroom following a string of disheartening results on the pitch.

First came the shocking 3-0 home loss to Sunderland, followed up by a goalkeeping master class from Ben Foster as Chelsea fell to a third loss in four league games.

They remain top of the pile but the once runaway leaders can't win, have an ever growing injury list and a manager that must be concerned about his tenure, especially after Ray Wilkins was so hastily dismissed.

Luckily for the Blues, and not so luckily for Zilina, the Slovakians' trip to London couldn't have come at a better time with confidence at a new low.

Ancelotti will be delighted to welcome Michael Essien back into the midfield while Didier Drogba will look to get his eye back in after going four games without a goal.

One of the few bright sparks over the past few weeks has been the form of Petr Cech who is looking back to his imperious best - whether he'll get chance to shine here is another matter though.

The Czech keeper was disappointed to see a clean sheet disappear in the away tie in Slovakia when Oravec snatched a consolation and he'll hope to rectify that situation at the Bridge (it's 4/9 about a home team clean sheet).

The truth is, the gulf in class in enormous between these sides is so large and Chelsea are so desperate to get back into form that a rout really isn't out of the question.

Rarely can you say an odds-on anytime scorer shot is value but at 4/7 Drogba looks an absolute guarantee to break through the Zilina rearguard and could even be a good bet at 12/1 to put three past Stanislav Angelovič.

The visitor's chances are pinned to Tomas, more precisely forward duo Tomas Majtan and Oravec, who'll look to cause the John Terry-less Chelsea defence problems if they're able to get any sort of service.

However there seems to be very little chance of them causing problems though with Alex and Branislav Ivanovic more than an adequate match-up and Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole likely to keep the likes of Momodou Ceesay quiet.

The difference in ability is reflected through the match betting with Chelsea at 1/7 to win the game, however you can get some bigger prices through the correct score market.

My picks are the 4-0 at 15/2 and the 5/0 at 14/1 - I could even be tempted to go higher as well with the Blues likely to be on a rampage.

Finally, the 19/10 about Chelsea scoring four or more goals looks like an absolute banker.

Only last season Chelsea racked up seven goals for fun at home, and against better teams than Zilina - it could just be Zilina are in line for a big, big beating.

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